Red squirrel conservation (1) is the first of a two-part course that investigates the status of Sciurus vulgaris through the examination of their ecology, typical habitat, niche within the habitat, the concept of a red squirrel stronghold and habitat fragmentation. Comparisons are made between habitat types within the UK and the European mainland. The course is aimed at providing an introduction at a higher study level, of the research and preparation for and carrying out ecological surveys and thesis writing. Due to student feedback, additional units have been added to the course: Ecology: Concepts and Principles and, Species Diversity and Distribution. Part 1 now contains five units with interlinking aspects and reinforcement to better reflect course delivery at university. After consolidating the nature of ecology and a discipline in units 1 and 2, you continue onto units 3, 4 and 5. These each cover the study of the Red Squirrel from a slightly different perspective from their physical biology, to their habitat needs and to disease and other threats faced within the UK. Peer-reviewed articles are used extensively and skills are required to be able to use such resources effectively. Guidance will be given to maximise your skills in using such resources. The approximate learning hours for this course are 200. These figures do not include own research and self-learning activities to support the unit content or, assignment work. This is a highly demanding course, presented partly in lecture format that will stretch abilities and provide the opportunity to produce work expected at Level 6.
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